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Culture:English
Title:tapersticks
Date Made:1705-1720
Type:Lighting Device
Materials:base metal: brass
Place Made:United Kingdom; England
Measurements:overall: 3 7/8 x 2 3/4 in.
Accession Number:  HD 60.037
Credit Line:Mrs. Helen Geier Flynt

Description:
Two tapersticks with octagonal multi-faceted bases, that have a wide rim around the socket lip and baluster-turned stem. Schiffer states that "The faceting of the base... are an early English detail. French Hugonot refugees, after, 1885, flooded England, Holland, Switzerland, and the American colonies. Many of these were craftsmen. The silversmiths effected the styles of brass and so we have a slightly watered down French design becoming an English standard."

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